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Man Convicted Of Killing Southampton Couple

October 30, 1986

RIVERHEAD, N.Y. (AP) _ A man accused of stabbing and beating a young couple to death in their bathtub has been convicted of murder and burglary.

A Suffolk County jury on Wednesday found Anthony Crippen, 25, of New York, guilty in the slayings of Winifred Alice Danz and Thomas Fehmel, both 28.

They were killed Jan. 5, weeks before they were to be married, in their Southampton apartment above a family bar that Fehmel managed.

The burly defendant, convicted of two counts of second-degree murder, two of murder during the commission of a felony, and two of first-degree burglary, showed no emotion as the verdict was read. Outside the courtroom, both victims’ parents hugged and wept.

County Assistant District Attorney Steven Wilutis said he would request the maximum penalty of 50 years to life in prison when Crippen is sentenced Dec. 1.

In a confession Wilutis presented as evidence during the two-week trial, Crippen told police that the couple surprised him the night of Jan. 5 as he was burglarizing the bar and their apartment.

Crippen ordered the two into the tub while he finished the burglary, Wilutis said. When the defendant thought he heard Fehmel getting out of the tub, he stabbed Fehmel and slit Ms. Danz’ throat.

Crippen then stabbed both victims repeatedly and beat Fehmel with a pipe, the prosecutor said.

The couple’s bodies were found in the bathtub the following morning, police said. Crippen fled to New York, where he was captured.

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